Root Canal Therapy
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Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment focusing on healing and restoring damaged or infected root pulp. This treatment is usually offered for patients with severe toothaches caused by inflamed tissue. Infected root pulp is typically the result of dental decay that reaches past the outer protective layers of the tooth and causes the pulp to become irritated or destroyed by harmful bacteria.
What is the Goal of Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy aims to save the life of the tooth. If the infection is allowed to go untreated, the root pulp, also known as the “nerves” of the tooth, may die and require the tooth to be extracted. This can cause other unnecessary dental issues, such as the surrounding teeth misaligning.
Looking Inside of a Root Canal
The root canal itself is a simple procedure. After ensuring that the tooth remains dry during treatment, our dentist will remove infected tissues from the tooth and then apply medication to prevent further damage and encourage healing. The tooth will then be capped and sealed with a dental crown to preserve the integrity of the tooth for a comfortable and functional fit.